end line point in illustrator - how?

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by camomac, Sep 3, 2008.

  1. camomac macrumors 6502a


    Jan 26, 2005
    Left Coast
    okay i realize this maybe a super basic question.
    so all you illustrator people be gentle..

    how do i create an end point to a line in illustrator (CS2) like
    the one in black where it comes to a sharp point and not just
    a blunt end?

  2. SwiftLives macrumors 65816


    Dec 7, 2001
    Charleston, SC
    No easy way to do it.
    I'd suggest outlining the stroke and manually creating the pointy end.
  3. onegirlcreative macrumors member


    Mar 3, 2008
    Outlining? Is this a font originally, and not a pen tool stroke?

    Either way, once you make your stroke, choose the direct selection tool and zoom in as close as you can, and take one of the points and adjust it to your liking. Otherwise, I may not be understanding what you mean.
  4. DigiCatRedux macrumors member


    Aug 25, 2008
    Somewhere in New England, USA.
    if I understand you correctly, I usually just use the pen tool, with the miter joint setting option active, and playing with the miter limit. That usually does the trick.
  5. Nicolecat macrumors 6502a


    Apr 2, 2008
    Ah yes, the pen tool is your friend.

    creating lines like this is rather simple.

    Select the pen tool,
    click once on your art board,
    click somewhere else on your artboard (but this time hold and drag to create a curved line)
    Let go of the mouse button, when you are satisfied with the curve of the line.

    You should notice a "handle" that is attatched to the last point you just made.
    (If you were to click again, a funky curved line would appear much to your disliking)
    So, click back on your previous point to deactivate it wanting to make the next point interact further with the curve.

    Make your next point close to the original point...click, drag, let go.
    Click back on the point, to deactivate the curve again...
    Click on original point to close your path.

    Sums up to...
    Click, click drag...let go, click on second point, click drag...let go, click back on third point, click original point.

    This should have given you the top part of the image your wanting to recreate...you can draw new paths, and combine them (with the pathfinder tool)
    This process can be used to make more complex things...and in combination with the pathfinder tool (as mentioned), you can have loads of fun. :D

    Hope that made sense.

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